Filtron M is a free-form project by pianist, keyboardist and composer Manu Koch.
Exposed to numerous cultures and genres by touring, performing and recording with many leading figures in contemporary music for the past 25 years, Manu’s compositions and perspective define the direction of Filtron M. The sound evolves with contributions from a multi-national network of collaborators.
The core idea of Filtron M goes back to Manu’s Boston years during the late 90’s when he led his first band that was influenced by the jazz-fusion group Weather Report and various Brazilian artists. After his transition to New York and years of sideman work that took Manu around the globe and refined his understanding of various music styles, his official debut album Triple Life was released in 2011.
With the aspiration to create and perform authentic original music with a multi-cultural outlook the goal now was to translate the global sound with various participants into a live setting. While appearing in New York frequently as Filtron M since late 2012 Manu had the initial members divided into units as introduced on the EP Mandatory Underground (2014). The album Astoria Roots Live (2017) featured the unit of the same name live at the Iridium in New York and at Moods in Zürich with featured guest appearances.
The music of the new Filtron M album Transit Net, set for worldwide digital release on November 26th 2021, goes back to August of 2018 when Manu’s writing process and pre- production started
Anybody with a taste for avant-garde jazz fusion, ambient over the edge sound is gonna flip
over Manu Koch and Filtron M’s Mandatory Undergound, a terrific four composition EP which
sounds like Weather Report one second and some dark angled The XX style the next.” –